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Tribunal: Teen “traumatised” after told by GP to apologise to God

Dr Richard Scott clasped suicidal patient's hands in prayer, "insisted" on giving him a bible three times, tribunal hears Read More »

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Faith primary schools admit fewer SEND children, research finds

Study: CofE and Catholic primaries less likely than community schools to admit children with special educational needs and disabilities Read More »

NSS refers religious charity to regulator over extremism concerns

NSS refers religious charity to regulator over extremism concerns

Sermons at Islamic Centre Leicester suggest those who use 'blasphemous' phrase should be executed and Jews fear punishment from Allah Read More »

Faith schools should not impose hijab on girls, report says

Faith schools should not impose hijab on girls, report says

Report also recommends government resist 'Islamophobia' definitions that inhibit criticism of religious practices Read More »

CofE fails to back reporting of sex abuse disclosures in confession

CofE fails to back reporting of sex abuse disclosures in confession

Church admits confession is "a safe space" for child sexual abusers Read More »

Blasphemy laws identified in 11 more countries since 2020

Blasphemy laws identified in 11 more countries since 2020

Mocking religion in Portugal can be punished by up to a year's imprisonment, report finds Read More »

Report: one in seven councils has adopted ‘Islamophobia’ definition

Report: one in seven councils has adopted ‘Islamophobia’ definition

National Secular Society's role in resisting adoption of flawed definition highlighted Read More »

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NSS urges government to replace “unpopular” RE

NSS letter follows lobbying from parliamentarians for more RE teacher training funding Read More »

Faith school fails ninth inspection in nine years

Faith school fails ninth inspection in nine years

Independent faith school again found teaching an "inadequate" and "narrow" secular curriculum. Read More »

UK sanctions Iranian officials to mark Mahsa Amini’s death

UK sanctions Iranian officials to mark Mahsa Amini’s death

Mahsa Amini died last year at the hands of Iran's "morality police" after arrest for failing to wear 'correct' hijab Read More »

NSS research: religion a factor in 50% of school management bans

NSS research: religion a factor in 50% of school management bans

NSS analysis finds prohibitions issued for running unregistered schools and promoting extremism. Read More »

NSS calls on Labour to “think again” on faith schools

NSS calls on Labour to “think again” on faith schools

Labour's plan to leave the faith school system unchanged risks perpetuating injustice, unfairness and discrimination, NSS warns. Read More »

NSS urges nonreligious school to resist evangelism

NSS urges nonreligious school to resist evangelism

Church of England youth evangelism scheme targets Jubilee High School in Surrey, which has no religious ethos. Read More »

US evangelicals exposed Welsh pupils to homophobia and creationism

US evangelicals exposed Welsh pupils to homophobia and creationism

First West Baptist Church say being gay is a form of "sexual immorality" and evolution is a lie Read More »

Tribunal: GP’s evangelism of teenage patient was misconduct

Tribunal: GP’s evangelism of teenage patient was misconduct

Christian doctor reportedly clasped vulnerable teenage patient's hands in prayer and gave him a bible Read More »

Diocese of Guildford

Schools targeted in £3 million CofE child evangelism initiative

Church of England scheme to see youth ministers in Guildford running "worship events" in state schools, including a nonreligious school Read More »

Edinburgh Council ends religious reps’ voting powers

Edinburgh Council ends religious reps’ voting powers

Decision to end voting privileges for unelected religious appointees at City of Edinburgh Council welcomed by NSS Read More »

More than half of clergy think CofE establishment needs review

More than half of clergy think CofE establishment needs review

Nearly 12% of priests support disestablishment, survey finds Read More »

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Government awards £2.2m grant to homophobic and misogynistic mosque

Grant is paused and investigation launched following NSS concerns Read More »

UN resolution claims damaging holy books violates international law

UN resolution claims damaging holy books violates international law

UK efforts to introduce "more balanced language" were rejected Read More »

Anglican bishops lobby for exceptions to mandatory reporting laws

Anglican bishops lobby for exceptions to mandatory reporting laws

Bishops ask that admissions of child sexual abuse during confession be exempted from mandatory reporting Read More »

Regulator told group accused of antisemitism to register as charity

Regulator told group accused of antisemitism to register as charity

Cricklewood Muslim Youth Trust warned Muslims to "Keep away from the enemies of Allaah [sic] the Jews & Christians" Read More »

Remove bishops from the Lords, NSS tells parliamentary committee

Remove bishops from the Lords, NSS tells parliamentary committee

NSS: Giving 26 seats in House of Lords to bishops shows "institutional favouritism for one religion" Read More »

NHS trust wants to “better understand” why its chaplain met Taliban

NHS trust wants to “better understand” why its chaplain met Taliban

Suliman Gani met with minister who is "a key figure in the Taliban's ideological projects" Read More »

No religious loopholes for reporting abuse, NSS warns government

No religious loopholes for reporting abuse, NSS warns government

Mandatory reporting laws "must apply to all religious settings" including the 'seal of confession', says NSS Read More »

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